Our “learn by doing” philosophy has been Poly’s educational approach since the school’s founding in 1907. Rooted in the belief that today’s students will become tomorrow’s scholars, innovators, artists, and activists, Poly’s ongoing commitment to intellectual curiosity and creativity prepares students to meet challenges with bold ideas.
As members of a connected and thriving community, Poly students affirm their individuality and celebrate the unique talents and gifts of others. They are compassionate individuals who share a healthy respect for the abilities and perspectives of all.
We encourage Poly students to take intellectual risks and view challenges as a means toward progress and self-discovery. They learn to adapt and face disappointment while developing perseverance, determination, and the capacity to problem-solve.
As articulated in our PolyHonor, each member of our community commits to approach decisions “with integrity, kindness, and generosity both on and off campus.” Poly students learn that being honorable and contributing community members — here or anywhere— is rewarding and expected.
Who is a Poly Graduate?
During the 2022-2023 school year, Poly faculty, students, administrators, and alumni explored a fundamental question: What characteristic skills, approaches to learning, and interpersonal qualities do we develop in our students across the K-12 Poly educational experience? In short — What is a portrait of a Poly graduate?
Members of three divisional working groups reflected upon existing curriculum and programming, launched surveys to collect data, and consulted other resources to create seven aspirational learning outcomes that distinguish a Poly education.
Our process affirmed the values and ideals that embody Poly’s commitment to academic excellence, personal responsibility, and service to others that we strive to foster in our students. Our Portrait of a Graduate serves as a living document, one that will evolve and serve as a north star in efforts to shape curriculum and further create opportunities for transformative teaching and learning.
Please check back for updates on how our Portrait of a Graduate core competencies are reflected within Poly's school community.
Transformative Teaching at Poly
Poly's dedicated K-12 faculty inspire our students' intellectual curiosity and sense of wonder. View our video gallery to learn more about transformative teaching at Poly: